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The Sims return again in MySims for the Wii, but with a twist, this time the Sims are much noticeably cuter. Anybody who was a fan of Animal Crossing might want to check this out.

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Kiddie Approved (At A Cost): As mentioned earlier, this time around, the Sims have had a makeover for the Wii. This time, the Sims are much smaller, with bigger heads, and a very cartoonish look. But dont get me wrong; I like the new look (Kinda). The amount of detail you can put into your Sim is very impressive. MySims character creation screen has a lot of different options perfect for recreating your mug on the head of a Sim. The reason the Sims look more kid appealing, is because this version of the Sims has been made in mind of the younger kids. So yes, that means no foul play by these Sims. That is not the only thing that has been removed to protect the kids' eyes. No marriage, having babies to care for, jobs, foul play, and even money has been taken out of the game, deemed unsuitable, or too complicated for children.

Although this will simplify the gameplay to be more accessible to the kids, this makes the game less exciting then the previous games in the series. Without the possibility of marriage, jobs, and money all you have to do in this game is run around and plant trees all day long.

A Giant Glove Following Me: Now, lets move onto the controls. One good thing about MySims is that the controls are very simple and easy to pick up and play with. There really is nothing to it other then point, and click. When you point the Wiimote at the screen a conveniently large hand hovers over your character, and when you want to get into a building, all you have to do is click the door, and you are in.

I Will Achieve My Goal! (Oh, Wait, I Have No Goal): As for the actual gameplay, well, really there is none to speak about. Your characters main task in MySims is as simple as this: Talk to people, ask what kind of building they want, (a house, a bakery, ect.) build it in your workshop, and then give it to the person you talked to. Build enough items for the townsfolk, and more Sims will move into the town and then you get build more stuff for them. So in short, the ultimate goal is to get new Sims to move into the town and then build stuff for them too.

Multi-Karts: Nintendo's WFC online mode is what makes Mario Kart Wii such a great standout experience. Getting online and finding a match is perfectly seamless, and when connected, the gameplay is flawless. There were very few occasions where noticeable lag or disconnects ruined our online race, but this is one of Nintendo's first attempts at online racing, so these small quibbles are acceptable.

You can opt to race solo or with a guest in split-screen mode (the frame-rate does take quite a nig hit here) against worldwide, regional or just guys off your friend list. It's awesome to dive into an international game and see up to 11 other Miis from Asia, America, or even Europe join the starting grid.

Graphic Images: Now, onto the graphics. The graphics in MySims are probably the best thing about this game. They have a very soft, nice feel to them. The trees are big and bushy, grass is green, (and flat as a pancake) and the buildings (which you probably built) are quirky and have an original look to fit the personality of the tenant inside.

Rent vs. Buy: In the end, I have to say that MySims is a pretty boring game for the adult gamer. Not offering any excitement, and taking out too many things that could have made MySims better. But then again, this version of The Sims was not meant for the adult gamer, but for the future generation of little gamers (maybe 5-8 age group) that do not have enough games geared toward them. Boredom will fall upon the more mature gamer, but those who prefer juice to beer, or the Wii to the 360, will adore this bite sized version of the Sims. I would suggest anyone contemplating playing MySims to rent before buying.

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Boredom will fall upon the more mature gamer, but those who prefer juice to beer, or the Wii to the 360, will adore this bite sized version of the Sims. I would suggest anyone contemplating playing MySims to rent before buying. (Krakrabbit.com)


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